Letters Obesity surgery

Psychiatric needs must be considered

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5298 (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5298
  1. William R Jones, ST5 in psychiatry1,
  2. John F Morgan, consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer1
  1. 1Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders, Leeds LS14 6WB, UK
  1. wrjones79{at}yahoo.co.uk

    Increasing bariatric surgery for appropriate candidates could be cost effective and save the NHS and the wider community millions of pounds a year.1 However, such an increase may exacerbate the existing difficulties of obesity services in addressing the preoperative and postoperative psychiatric needs of patients having such surgery.

    Many (50-80%) morbidly obese patients seeking bariatric surgery have …

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